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Mancio's News Round Up: We're Not Done Yet

Roberto Mancini has clarified a few things since returning from an urgent family visit to Italy. It's clear more City signings are imminent...

There has been talk that the exciting Mario Balotelli's transfer to SportCity from Inter Milan had hit the rails over agent fuelled wage demands but the dapper City gaffer backed up Super Mario's agent's earlier claims that the deal is still on despite British hack tomfoolery. Mancio hinted at City and Internazionale still having a deal to agree upon and that a part ex with Premier League lightweight Da Souza Robinho has not been discussed:

'We are speaking with Inter Milan and we will try to get an agreement but Robinho has not been mentioned...I am still hopeful. We have time, but we will not pay too high a price.'

Of Robinho, a reconciliation, nightmare for the Brazilian of being excluded from the City Squad 25 or maybe worse still having to face English league defences again? Mancio said:

'I worked with him for one month, then he decided to go back to Brazil. He said he wanted to stay at home so he could prepare to play for Brazil at the World Cup. There was no pressure from me but now I must speak with him because it is very difficult for him to stay at Santos...'

With the big kick off closing fast the City boss continued:

'...there was no pressure from me but now I must speak with him because it is very difficult for him to stay at Santos.'

Of the upcoming 25 Man Squad streamlining at City, The Gaffer had this to say:

'We have spent a lot of money on good, young players. I am happy about that. They are all top players but you also have to take into account that when Manchester City try to sign someone, the price is not normal. We want to improve and we want to improve quickly. For this reason we have to buy....having so many players is not a problem yet because the matches haven't started yet. After next Saturday it will become more difficult. From 31st August we can only have 25 players and at the moment I think we have 31. Someone may have to stay outside of the list.'

Desperate hack shite-stirrery has also gone into overdrive over the alledged future of Emmanuel Adebayor, the newly squad numbered City Number 9, who is supposed to want to leave and go to Juventus:

'The things about Emmanuel are not true. Absolutely not.'

In other news, City's free entry to Eastlands Family Fun Day starring a happy go lucky 'wantaway' Ade was an outstanding success on Friday with close to 9,000 fans braving the soaking East Manchester elements to welcome City's new signings and World Cup stars to the club.

Valencia, you are next.

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Writer: Bluey Armstrong VMC Newsdesk Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 6 2010

Time: 7:23PM

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Everything is coming together. The season is upon us, the fans are happy, the players are happy, this is great news.
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06/08/2010 19:58:00

I just checked your team players and you have 38( 17 non- homegrown, 16 Homegrown, 8 U21 players)..You have to purge at least 8 players.who do you think Mancini will purge
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06/08/2010 20:25:00

I have gunner Nielson, Stuart Taylor, Javal Vidal, Nedum Onuoha, Pablo Zabaleta, Kelvin Etuhu, Michael Johnson, Jo, Felipe Caicedo as the ones to purge
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06/08/2010 20:33:00

Interesting selection Arse. We've jettisoned Petrov, Sylvinho and Garrido already, too. Santa Cruz and Bellamy also likely to go.
Johnny Baguette
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06/08/2010 20:43:00

Arseniger - two of them players are GKs that won't be in 25, M.Johnson won't be in 25 because he will not be fit for a few months yet. That leaves 5 players to cut. Imo that will be Logan, Etuhu, Caceido, Santa Cruz and maybe Onouha, unfortunately.
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06/08/2010 20:50:00

I will be happy if Bellamy stays so that Harry Reface will be stuck. He is waiting to land City players like Bellamy, SWP, Ireland. I hope he misses out on all of them
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06/08/2010 21:03:00

That makes two of us Arseniger. Meant to say in last post that Vidal doesn't need purgeing, he's still considered under21.
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06/08/2010 21:13:00

Stuart Taylor will definitely stay, we just extended his contract and he's our third goal keeper. Gunnar Nielsen has already been loaned out to Tranmere Rovers. My best guess for the leavers (incl loans) will have to be: Caicedo, Santa Cruz, Vidal, Etuhu, Ireland, Nedum, Logan and Robinho. Mancini loves Zab, played more than any other player last season and he's versatile. Also I think Jo might be given a second chance...He's never played for Mancini and his form in pre-season has been quite good so the gaffer might have been impressed + he's young and could develop still.
Blue ponderer
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06/08/2010 21:22:00

Mancio is no mug and I am sure will make big decisions with ease. With him at the controls, I feel confident. For the first time in my City life I fear no team.
Johnny Baguette
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06/08/2010 21:29:00

No way will in be Nedum - he is in the 25 - but the players to go should be Logan Etuhu Jo Cacedo and either Ireland or Santa Cruz - on the assumption of Balotelli coming in.If Milner comes in then bothy Ireland and Santa Cruz would be excluded.
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06/08/2010 22:44:00

letting Bellamy go would be a mistake. IMO he's a good backup plan incase Silva struggles to adjust... Especially if the Ballotelli deal doesn't go through. Also... it may depend on the formation played... If he plays 2 wingers... Bellamy could play left and Silva right. With all due respect to Adam Johnson... both are superior players
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06/08/2010 23:20:00

Rumours hotting up that Ireland has come around to the idea of moving to the Villa as part-ex for Milner. Would certainly solve one headache for Mancini, and would hopefully mean Onouha can make the 25. And Maka, most of us agree that letting Bellamy go would be silly, but not sure he and Mancio sing from the same hymnsheet most of the time. AJ's time will come.
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07/08/2010 00:45:00

I dont see how Milner is rated 30m, while Ireland is rated at 8m. Thats the worst deal of the decade.
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07/08/2010 03:28:00

If Ireland goes, Mancini will then see the mistake he has made.
Buzz Lightyear
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07/08/2010 07:24:00

Well, that depends on Ireland I think. He hasn't had a top class game since the 2008/2009 season, at some point the line had to be drawn on just how many chances we can give him. For Mancini, he needs results and efficiency and has to optimize his 25 man squad, with as few underperformers as possible. Love Superman, or how he used to be, but his head just hasn't been right for a long time.
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07/08/2010 07:58:00

It's a bit sad about Ireland, having had that great season in 08/09, but he's simply not been good enough lately...He hasn't been able to turn the situation around in pre-season either and has been rather invisible in the middle of the park when given the chance. We have too many midfielders and he seems to be the weakest link unfortunately.
Blue ponderer
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07/08/2010 10:47:00

fifthcolumnblue, how much is Ireland on? Didn't he sign a new contract after the takeover, and won't he therefore be on a considerable wage? Given our straitened finances, I wouldn't be confident that we could match his current deal.
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07/08/2010 13:21:00

It's the mark of a great manager to never be satisfied with what you have. Until you lift a trophy at the end of a long campaign, you are not as good as everyone may claim. I like Mancini, and he knows what he is doing, it's great to see that.
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07/08/2010 15:45:00

Cutting the squad is not a big issue for us, some will be sold, some will be loaned, so few will stay at the club and not be in the 25 for the prem, eg MJ who is still not right. When Mancini has all the new players on board, then he will decide with his team who he wants. I have complete confidence in his judgement.
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08/08/2010 08:47:00

I'd love to see Everton sign up Onouha... he'll be a great player to have in a few years as he can play multiple positions!
Vanilla Ice
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